Mushroom, Bacon, & Leek Risotto

16 Sep

I don’t know what the weather’s been like in your neck of the woods, but it’s been chilly around these parts.  You won’t hear me complain about it, I absolutely love fall!  The colder temperatures make me crave comfort food like no other.  When Kristin over at Iowa Girl Eats posted this recipe, I literally counted down the days until it felt chilly enough to make it.  PLUS, risotto works as a lunch, side dish, or can also stand alone as an entree – that’s what I’m talking about!


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Mushroom, Bacon, and Leek Risotto

  • 5 c. chicken stock
  • 4 sliced chopped bacon (I used a regular-cut, hickory smoked bacon)
  • 3 small leeks (white and green parts only), chopped
  • 8 oz. mushrooms
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/4 c. dry white wine (check this out for some advice on picking the best cooking wine)
  • 1 T. fresh thyme
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste

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That picture has literally nothing to do with the recipe, but I felt all fancy putting the ingredients in different containers.

First, heat up the chicken stock but keep it simmering on low in a saucepan.  You won’t be using it until later, but make sure it’s ready when you need it.  Prep your bacon too, but chopping it and cooking it in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy.

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Set it aside to drain on a towel, but reserve 2 T. of the bacon grease.  If you don’t have 2 T. you will need to add in another fat like olive oil to make 2 T. and heat over medium-high along with the mushrooms, leeks, and shallots.  Season the mixture with salt and pepper and cook until the veggies turn a golden brown (about 8 minutes).  Then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about another minute.  Finally, add in the 1 c. of arborio rice and give it a nice good stir to incorporate it in.

 

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Turn the heat down to medium and add in the 1/4 c. of wine. The rice will absorb the wine pretty quickly, and when it does you’re ready to add in that chicken broth.  This is the only part that sucks:  you’re going to have to stir this pretty much constantly for about 25 minutes.  That’s perfect for me because I love to fuss over things on the stove and I can never just leave things alone!

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After 25 minutes, the mixture will be looking nice and thick.  At this point, you should give yourself a pat on the back because you’re freaking awesome.  Then, add in the reserved bacon, thyme, and Parmesan cheese.  Stir it all together until it’s incorporated.  BOOM!  You just made risotto.

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Bacon-Wrapped Honey Mustard Chicken Strips

13 Sep

You’re going to want to bookmark, pin, print, or save this one kids.  This is by far one of the easiest recipes I’ve made and I know I will be adding this into my weekly rotation.  It’s also Paleo for all of you cavepeople out there.  Even though my attempt at Paleo ended up as a big faleo, I still found a bunch of recipes I can’t wait to try.


Bacon-Wrapped Honey Mustard Chicken Strips (original recipe from Paleo Cupboard)

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  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut lengthwise into strips
  • 6 oz. bacon (I used regular cut hickory smoked)
  • 1/3 c. raw organic honey
  • 1/2 c. stone ground mustard
  • 3 T. apple cider vinegar
  • sea salt, ground pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper

First, preheat the oven to 400*F and prepare a pan.  I suggest lining a sheet pan with tin foil and then placing a rack on top of it.  I also suggest putting about 1/8″ of water in the sheet pan because the bacon grease will drip down and the water will prevent your house from smelling like it’s about to catch on fire.  Season the chicken with sea salt, ground pepper, and garlic powder.  Then, take pieces of bacon and wrap it around the chicken tenders like so:

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Combine the honey, stone ground mustard, a dash of cayenne pepper, and the apple cider vinegar in a small bowl and whisk to combine.  Brush the glaze onto the chicken and then cook them for about 13 minutes.  Then, flip the chicken and glaze the opposite side and bake for an additional 13 minutes.  Don’t be scared if the edges of the bacon are getting crispy or even burn, that’s fine!  If things get out of hand, you can always remove the extra burned pieces! It’s worth the mini panic attack, I swear…

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TGIF!

12 Sep

I freaking owned this week!

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I am hoping to do a full overview on Monday, so instead of hearing some shit come out of my mouth look at what I put in it this week:

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Loaded bananas for breakfast…I’m indecisive so one has sunflower seed butter, raisins, and pecans and the other one has Justin’ Chocolate Hazelnut butter.  I don’t love hazelnut butter, but I had to toss my Mara Natha almond butter after the recall.  First world problems y’all.

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I am usually all sweet potato all the time, but this week I was craving russet potatoes.  I grabbed 2 when I was pillaging the sweet potato section at Giant Eagle and I have a ton of frozen broccoli so this made sense for lunch a few times this week:

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And you know I had to take advantage of pumpkin spice being back – I allowed myself to get a dairy-based drink one time!  It would be more often, but Starbucks has yet to switch over to organic, GMO-free milk.  Which is a little crazy considering how much they charge per cup…I swear I’m parked and not driving while taking this picture! ;)

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And then I forgot to take pictures of everything else. The end.

Remember that time I convinced myself that I could just workout at home and I would totes be fine?

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Since the Crunch Fitness that opened down at the Waterfront has early morning and late night hours, PLUS they now offer a Barre-based class I decided to bit the bullet.  You gotta do what you gotta do, right?  More on this later.

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Also, last night for the Steeler game we had a puppy play date with the emojii dog, Miss Vivien Leigh.  She is that ball of white fluff underneath Bea.  I could not get the girl to sit still long enough for a pic!   She is absolutely adorable and I think you should go follow her on Instagram.  Liberty supervised my flip flop and the puppy chaos.

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That time my blog was a shit show for basically the entire summer of 2014…

10 Sep

Dear SFTS readers:

You da bomb.

Thank you for continuing to come back here and read my rambling nonsensical thoughts, especially after I drop off the face of the earth for a spell.  And then continue to do so on a regular basis.  I never really fall of the face of the earth, you know…or even the internet.  If you are really missing me, you can just catch me on Twitter: @MichelleSFTS if you want a live feed of this shit show I call life.

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Moving on…

To say that I have been actually training for the Great Race is a joke.  I’ve been running obviously, but I haven’t stuck to my training plan at all and I keep taking breaks because of humidity fatigue blah blah blah being a lazy asshole.  HOWEVER, I still feel confident 18 days out that I will finish.  And have fun.  And those were my only goals, really!  This race is just a hoop I am making myself jump through so that I will have confidence to register for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May.  It’s sickening to me that the past 2 years of running have just been hoops I created for myself to build me up for the Pittsburgh Half.  Wait, is this like anxiety procrastination?  I don’t know.  I really do love to torture myself.  That’s harsh, it’s actually been a fun journey and I’ve learned a ton about running.  I fell in love with running immediately, the first time that running itself even occurred to me.  Since then, I’ve developed gratitude for my ability to run.  Tbh, I’ve developed gratitude for a lot of things since I started running.  It is seriously so freaking cool how much is possible if you just believe you can do something.  I never, ever, ever in a million years thought I would be able to do the things I now ask my body to do on a daily basis.  It’s incredible.  Anyway, I’m not going to go on one of my sappy “Running has made me a better person” tangents because I’m in way too good of a mood for all that.  I actually have no idea what the whole point of this entire paragraph post was.

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Love y’all.

Labor Day Weekend Recap

2 Sep

You GUYS.

How was your holiday weekend?  Mine was awesome!

On Saturday I managed to do absolutely nothing since Yoga In The Square was cancelled because of the rain.  I got caught up in a Lord of the Rings marathon (with commercials, that’s a pretty big investment) and drunkenly live tweeted all the gay moments.  You’re welcome.

Sunday was a bit more productive, once I slept through the worst part of my hangover I mean.  My friend had an extra Pirates ticket for that day and luckily the rain held out for the entire game!  The Reds ended up getting an unanswered home run in the last inning and winning the game.  Boooooo!  It was a pretty good game and the weather was sort of perfect end-of-summer baseball watching weather.

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On Sunday evening, I finally had dog jog orientation at the Animal Rescue League!!  We learned about the program and went through some behavioral lessons about dog body language, etc.  When we did a walk through of the kennels, my heart was basically exploding the entire time.  The first few times you run with the dogs, you are paired up with someone just to make sure you are okay handling them and are comfortable with procedures.  I wanted to sign up for my first session like ASAP but of course Monday was Labor Day.

The woman who ran the orientation was available Tuesday (today) morning, so I jumped at the chance!  I hardly slept at all last night and arrived like 20 minutes early because I’m insane and now I’m obsessed with dog jog.

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How could you not want to take that face for a run?!

I actually didn’t run with her because she wasn’t cleared for dog jog today but, I had snapped this picture during orientation.  I ran with Panda and Bonnie this morning, both of whom where just angels.  More on this to come – ready or not!

PS – I did absolutely nothing on Labor Day because I pinched a nerve or something at the Pirates game and it was acting wonky all day.  I tried to rest and hydrate all day!

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